Ahead of the January 2017 transfer window, it was claimed that Chelsea were considering a £20m bid for Jamaal Lascelles.

That story was largely laughed off, as £20m for a player who had only started 10 Premier League matches and played less than half a season in the Championship for Newcastle (as well as previous games for Forest), sounded very unlikely.

Some 15 months on and now the London Evening Standard say that their information is that Chelsea are scouting the Newcastle Captain ahead of a potential big money bid in the Summer.

The newspaper says that as well as the quality of the signing, the West London club are also desperate to bring in more English players, as well as signings who have youth on their side.

As a 23 year old English player, Jamaal Lascelles certainly satisfies two of those conditions and is increasingly impressing more and more people, not just those on Tyneside.

Whilst he is still seen as a longshot, there has been talk of him potentially sneaking into the final 23 man England squad for Russia this summer.

The London Evening Standard add that they understand Jamaal Lascelles is now on £50,000 after agreeing an improved new six year contract in October 2017.

With Chelsea for example paying January signing  Ross Barkley £100,000 a week, Chelsea are said to have no concerns about satisfying the Newcastle Captain when it comes to the mondey side of things.

However, the Standard say that Chelsea accept that Jamaal Lascelles is happy at Newcastle and that he wouldn’t be easy to sign.

A lot of that happiness surrounds the presence of Rafa Benitez and Chelsea believe their chances would be much improved.

The 21 year old Danish international Andreas Christensen has now become first choice at Chelsea and on Tuesday night, Antonio Conte started with a back three of Rudiger, Azpilicueta and Christensen in the crucial game against Barcelona, Gary Cahill only on the bench.

With Gary Cahill and David Luiz set to turn 33 and 31 respectively this year, it isn’t difficult to see why Chelsea might be looking at the Newcastle defender as a potential recruit.

Chelsea’s hopes and Newcastle fans’ fears look inextricably linked if the Blues did move for Jamaal Lascelles.

With Premier League football, Rafa Benitez and new ambitious owners, I think most Newcastle supporters would feel very confident that the Captain will stay at St James Park.

However, if any one of those things are not in place come the next transfer window, then you would have to be worried. If two or three of those things aren’t at St James Park then it could be all but impossible to keep Newcastle’s best player at the club.

Let’s get Premier League safety and new owners in place, then there is every chance that all the other jigsaw pieces will fall into place, including Rafa Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles being at Newcastle for some time to come.

  • Paul Patterson

    50m+ and he’ll be away . .

  • Kev-82

    Keane had 1 good year at Burnley and Everton paid £30m so surely that’s the benchmark for a transfer fee.

    • Peaky Magpie

      ….and I’m sure I’ve read something recently that The Fat Shamster wants rid in the summer….

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Where’s Notts Toon these days, he said he and Darlow were rubbish

    • Damon Horner

      Posts under a Megatron name lately.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        I wonder why the name change? he always took the party line so I can’t see him being banned.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Oh, never heard from him at the away games around Nottingham, Sheffield, Derby, Rotherham, Burton etc last year.

  • paul mclaughlan

    See ya J. Nice knowing you.

  • ghostrider

    It’s only natural our better players will be linked.
    It’s nothing new and also nothing to worry about because what will be will be and we will move on with or without him.

    We’d all love to keep him of course, including myself… but when the elite come calling with the readies and massive wages we cannot match, it’s simply down to Lascelles who has to make the choice of doubling his money or staying to help Newcastle.

    Only rare cases sees the latter but….like I said…..what will be, will be.
    I’m certainly not going to worry about any of it. Life’s too short.

    • Lakeland Mag

      It may well be the case that any really good players at any “lesser” club will be poached by the big boys, but the trouble is that history shows that Ashley won’t reinvest any big fee back into the playing staff.

      • ghostrider

        I don’t think history has shown that.
        He has reinvested but it depends on what you deem as investment.

  • Leazes.

    Ten years of selling our best players in order to placate Ashley isn’t going to change….

    …I glanced through the clubs yearly accounts last week, and noted the change in style and content since Ashley arrived, gone is any mention of football as a mission statement, The previous regime added stuff like league placing and cup attainment. Now we have players as marketable commodities and the accounts seem to be the only goal…. that’s what happens if you put an accountant in charge….

    …literally take your focus from the prime objective.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      Yup. It’s a true saying. “They know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

  • robbersdog

    Lascelles is good enough to play for a Top 4 side, he’d be challenging for domestic and European trophies and he could double his wages. Also, he’s not from the North East, so there isn’t that ‘I’ve always wanted to play for Newcastle’ dynamic going on.

    I couldn’t blame him if he went to a team like Chelsea, but it goes without saying that I hope he stays with us.

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  • Dillon Tovak

    £120m and then all reinvested and it’s decent business. Any less and it’s suicide.

    • Leazes.

      Where have you been for the last ten years?

      • Dillon Tovak

        Basically I just mean the only permutation that wouldn’t P me off.

      • nufcslf

        Thank you, wondered tge same the thing myself.

    • Jezza

      £30 million with nothing reinvested will do very nicely as far as Ashley is concerned.

  • Dave1992

    Fortunately the window is now closed…

    Seriously, if Ashley’s still here to sell him in the summer then we’re screwed anyway

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    In today’s market would take at least £80m to get him maybe more with him signing a new contract. Also would imagine Forest will have add on’s. However as long as we are in the premiership next season he will stay as should be top eight team and that is without any new signings.

  • Mike

    Conte wont be there much longer so cant see that happening

    • Geordiegiants

      Conte has nothing what so ever to do with signings. It’s ran there like it was here with the chatty man.

    • Paul Smith

      They were linked with him the season we last went down which is before Conte even arrived. The manager at Chelsea isn’t the only guy who picks who to sign.

  • steveS100

    If Chelsea come calling with a big enough cheque then Newcastle would sell obviously (so they can, no doubt, reinvest the money in other players…obviously – hahaha). I’m sure anyone would be interested in another £50k+ a week (a mere £7m+ after tax over a 5 year contract). However I do think he’d be well advised to think twice. Quite a few young English talents have disappeared into Chelsea’s squad, barely playing and there just so Chelsea can meet the homegrown rule. Does a 24 year old Lascelles want to risk spending his best years watching his career go by from Chelsea’s bench?

  • nufcslf

    CHA, CHING for fatty. Just gets easier and easier making money at his club for his back pocket. Laughable and losing interest by the day while the fat clown lingers.

  • Geordiegiants

    He will be sold for £50m in the summer.

  • Wor Lass

    He`ll go if he wants to and I reckon that will largely depend on whether Rafa stays and whether the club begins to show some ambition. He must have his eyes on an England place and will be more likely to achieve that playing at a higher level. Rafa won`t want him to go and he would likely be preparedd to stay if we`re making progress. We make too much of Ashley selling players – most who have left for decent money wanted out.

    • Jimmy_toons

      Unfortunately if we remain under the FCB and continue to lack ambition, then when any top 6 team come knocking, all our players will want out. The players have ambitions too.

      • Wor Lass

        Tha`s sort of my point – I`m just hoping the fat nacka sells up!

    • Jezza

      He’ll go because Ashley wants the money and that’s all there is to it.

      • Wor Lass

        If he feels he isn`t wanted then, yes, he`ll go but that hinges on whether or not Rafa`s here.

        • Jezza

          If a big bid comes in then Lascelles will go regardless of whether or not he wants to. That’s how it works at NUFC. Fatso wants the money and that dictates everything. There is no way Lascelles would be allowed to stay at the club if there was upwards of £30 million on the table.

  • Andy Mac

    Watching ? Who the fk would want to join Chelski right now knowing they’re almost as much as a basket case as the makems ?

    JL has at least ten years ahead of him at the very top. There will be bigger clubs than Chelski in the queue if he continues to perform ?

  • Mrkgw

    So, Ashley will sell and pocket the cash. Supporters and the side stand to lose all round. Its a viscious cycle and we can’t get out of the spiral. Awful.

  • Paul Smith

    They were allegedly targetting him the season we went down too after his strong finish to the season. Think the price mentioned was £15 million back then. Think they’d have to pay a lot more than that now.

  • gallowgate26

    I hope ‘Roman’ has £100m in is back pocket, coz Jamaal is 2.5 years younger than Van Dijk, has more potential, is a leader and all importantly is English. He’s under contract until 2023 also. So £100m or forget it Chelski. We couldn’t replace him either so don’t want/need the money.

    • Jezza

      I’d much rather Lascelles went for free rather than £100 million. It wouldn’t make any difference whatsoever to how much money was re-invested in new players but it would mean Fatso wouldn’t be able to pocket the £100 million.

      • Cockneytrev

        Exactly,, Benitez would see none of it,,

  • HarryHype59

    I can picture the fat one slobbering over a £50m bid for Lascelles!